Native American Community Research, Demonstration, and Pilot Projects
To promote economic and social self-sufficiency for American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Native American Pacific Islanders from American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands through grants or cooperative agreements for research, demonstration, or pilot projects conducted by public or private agencies which are designed to test or assist in the development of new approaches or methods that will aid in overcoming special problems or otherwise further the purposes of the Native American Programs Act.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Administration For Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
In FY16 ANA issued a funding opportunity for Native Language Community Coordination and awarded 5 cooperative agreements. ANA will continue to fund those projects for a five year project period; however no new funding opportunity announcements under this program are planned for FY17 or beyondFiscal Year 2017
Five cooperative agreement recipients are in their second year of implementation of a 5 year project period. They're all making great progress towards their goals of enhancing Native language resources, teachers, and partnerships across the educational continuum within their communities.Fiscal Year 2018
5 non-competing continuations were awarded. No new grants were awarded.Fiscal Year 2019
It is anticipated that 5 non-competing continuations will be awarded. No new grants will be awarded.Fiscal Year 2020
It is anticipated that 5 non-competing continuations will be awarded. No new grants will be awarded.
Native American Programs Act of 1974, Title VIII, Section 805, Public Law 102-375, 42 U.S.C. 2991d
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Federally-recognized Indian Tribes, as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs; Incorporated non-federally recognized Tribes; Incorporated state-recognized Indian Tribes; Consortia of Indian Tribes; Incorporated nonprofit multi-purpose community-based Indian organizations; Urban Indian Centers; Alaska Native villages as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANSCA) and/or non-profit village consortia; Non-profit Alaska Native Regional Corporations/Associations in Alaska with village-specific projects; Non-profit Alaska Native community entities or tribal governing bodies (Indian Reorganization Act or Traditional Councils) as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs; National or regional incorporated non-profit Native American organizations with Native American community-specific objectives; Public and nonprofit private agencies serving native peoples from Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and colleges and universities located in Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, or the Tribal Colleges and Universities, and colleges and universities located in Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands which serve Native American Pacific Islanders are eligible for funding.
American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders will benefit.
Non-profit organizations must submit proof of non-profit status. For applicants that are not Tribes or Native Alaska villages, organizations applying for funding must show that a majority of board members are representative of a Native American community to be served. Applicants must submit documentation that identifies each board member by name and indicates his/her affiliation or relationship to at least one of ANA's four categories of community representation, which include: (1) members of federally or state-recognized tribes; (2) persons eligible to be a participant in, or beneficiary of, the project to be funded; (3) persons who are recognized by members of the eligible Native American community to be served as having a cultural relationship with that community; or (4) persons considered to be Native American as defined in 45 CFR SS 1336.10 and Native American Pacific Islanders as defined in Section 815 of the Native American Programs Act. Applicants that do not include this documentation will be considered non-responsive, and the application will not be considered for competition.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) requires electronic submission of applications at www.Grants.gov. Paper applications received from applicants that have not been approved for an exemption from required electronic submission will be disqualified from competitive review. Applicants that do not have an Internet connection or sufficient computer capacity to upload large documents to the Internet may contact ACF for an exemption that will allow the applicant to submit applications in paper format. See Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for detailed information.
Each application will be screened to determine whether it meets any of the disqualifying factors: missing the application deadline, required electronic submission or waiver requested and approved, or exceeding the Award Ceiling. Disqualified applications are considered to be "non-responsive" and are excluded from the competitive review process. Applications competing for financial assistance will be reviewed and evaluated by objective review panels using only the criteria described in FOA. Each panel is composed of experts with knowledge and experience in the area under review. Generally, review panels include three reviewers and one chairperson. Results of the competitive objective review are taken into consideration by ACF in the selection of projects for funding; however, objective review scores and rankings are not binding. Scores and rankings are only one element used in the award decision-making process. ACF may elect not to fund applicants with management or financial problems that would indicate an inability to successfully complete the proposed project. ACF reserves the right to consider preferences to fund organizations serving emerging, unserved, or under-served populations, including those populations located in pockets of poverty. ACF will also consider the geographic distribution of federal funds in its award decisions. ACF will complete a review of risk posed by applicants as described in 45 CFR 75.205.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days. All funds are awarded directly to the grantees. Applicants will receive notice of approval or disapproval approximately 120 days after receipt of application.
From 30 to 60 days. Appeals are only available for unsuccessful applicants upon a finding of ineligibility for funding and are subject to ANA regulations at 45 CFR 1336.35. For existing recipients, appeals in regards to disputes may take place in accordance with 45 CFR Part 16, subject to the limitations of the Appendix A.
From 30 to 60 days. Non-competing continuations will be issued based on availability of funds, satisfactory progress, compliance with grant terms and conditions and a determination that continuation funding is in the best interest of the federal government.
How are proposals selected?
Specific criteria for selecting proposals for funding are stated in each funding opportunity announcement. In general, proposals are judged on the basis of relevance to program objectives as stated in the funding opportunity announcement, project strategy, community support in project design and implementation, reasonable cost estimates, and qualifications of applicant organization and personnel.
How may assistance be used?
Grant funding may be used for such purposes as: 1) testing and measuring the effect of collaborative community-based project in Native American communities, 2) new approaches for the use of data to document results and ensure accountability, 3) integration of plans and resources at the Native community-level to promote sustainable supports and services for Native American families, children, and communities; and 4) evaluation of collaborative processes to promote self-sufficiency and well-being for Native Americans. This is a discretionary grant program subject to the restrictions at 45 CFR 75. Funding cannot be used for the following purpose or activities: purchase of real property; costs of organized fundraising, reimbursement of pre-award costs, and activities that qualify as major renovations and alterations. Further details regarding ineligible applicants and activities can be found in the ANA regulations at 45 CFR 1336.33. In addition, activities in support of any foreseeable litigation against the United States Government are unallowable per 45 CFR 75.435.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
45 CFR Part 75 Subpart F applies to this program.
All financial records are to be maintained in accordance with 45 CFR 75.361-365.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching is mandatory. 20%. The 20% match is required unless waived in accordance with criteria published in 45 CFR 1336.50.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information: This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information: A sample of a standard Maintenance of Effort (MOE) certification is available in the application instructions for this FOA at www.grants.gov. Applicants self-certify their maintenance of effort. The MOE should be on the applicant organization's letterhead. Required for all applications.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grantees may annually apply for non-competing continuation support within a project period of up to 5 years. Post award, our Division of Payment Management will establish an account from which a grantee may draw down award funds.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Carmelia A. Strickland
Mary E. Switzer Building,
Department of Health and Human Services,
330 C Street, SW.,
Mail Stop 4126
Washington, DC 20201 US
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$1,917,265.00; FY 19 est $1,927,674.00; FY 20 est $1,927,674.00; FY 17$1,914,209.00; FY 16$1,854,290.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range $100,000 - $400,000; Average award: $287,027.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Program regulations are published in 45 CFR 1336.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016
Grantee: Cherokee Nation Project: Our Unified Language Curriculum Location: Tahlequah, Oklahoma Description: The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma aims to develop and establish a coordinated, standardized Cherokee language curriculum available for each level of educational language learning (early childhood, elementary, high school, and college), a Cherokee Language Board to oversee collaborative efforts of language programs, and Cherokee Language Teacher Certification. Grantee: Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak Location: Kodiak, AK Project Period: 8/1/2016 - 7/31/2021 FY 2016 Award: $357,844 Project Description: "Tamamta Liitukut" Kodiak Alutiiq Language Education Continuum Project (translated as “Everyone is Learning”) is designed to cultivate the Kodiak Alutiiq language education continuum by developing the speaking proficiency of preschool-aged children and their families through enhanced immersion language instruction. In addition to creating a new Alutiiq Language Nest to round out the Kodiak Alutiiq language education service continuum, this project will develop a community engagement and recruitment campaign, strengthen elementary and middle school language outreach, and provide supportive services for high school and college level Alutiiq language students to promote Alutiiq conversation among families.Fiscal Year 2018
Grantee: Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak Location: Kodiak, AK Project Period: 8/1/2016 - 7/31/2021 FY 2018 Award: $398,868 Project Description: "Tamamta Liitukut" Kodiak Alutiiq Language Education Continuum Project (translated as “Everyone is Learning”) is designed to cultivate the Kodiak Alutiiq language education continuum by developing the speaking proficiency of preschool-aged children and their families through enhanced immersion language instruction. In addition to creating a new Alutiiq Language Nest to round out the Kodiak Alutiiq language education service continuum, this project will develop a community engagement and recruitment campaign, strengthen elementary and middle school language outreach, and provide supportive services for high school and college level Alutiiq language students to promote Alutiiq conversation among families.